Stanford Medicine Diversity Cabinet Milestones

Milestones Overview


  • First strategic plan


  • Diversity & Societal Citizenship Task Force
  • Second strategic plan


  • LGBTQ+ task force


  • Diversity podcast series
  • Formal charge from the dean
  • SoM-wide SGM needs assessment
  • D-CORE
  • D-CAB
  • SoM HR and trainees join the Cabinet
  • Funds from Clinical Departments for diverse recruiting & GME activities



  • LGBTQ+ Subcommittee
  • SoM Director of Culture & Inclusion hired
  • SHC joins the cabinet
  • Stanford Medicine diversity needs report
  • LPCH joins the Cabinet
  • Diversity cabinet assessment
  • D-CORE office hours 
  • Inaugural diversity social
  • Inaugural LGBTQ+ forum
  • Stanford Medicine diversity website launch
  • Cabinet is the DRIVE development team


  • SHC diversity, inclusion, & health equity leader joins the Cabinet
  • Diversity Cabinet bylaws approved
  • Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC) Founder joins the Cabinet
  • Cabinet members serve on IDEAL committees
  • Engaging Basic Science researchers task force
  • Solidarity rally
  • Expansion of hospital cabinet membership
  • Expansion of biosciences Cabinet membership
  • Cabinet representation on the Acts of intolerance working group


  • Cabinet increases transparency
  • Cabinet adds member to represent Stanford Medicine alumni
  • Equity & COVID-19 websites
  • Dean selects Cabinet’s book recommendation
  • Black Lives Matter Resources website






  • Report of the Commission on Justice and Equity published
  • Stanford Medicine Partners (formerly UHA) joins the Cabinet
  • Inaugural Stanford Medicine enterprise-wide Director of Equity and Strategic Programs joins the Cabinet
  • ODME Assistant Deans join the Cabinet
  • Black Lives Matter Archive website
  • LGBTQ+/Sexual Gender Minorities (SGM) Subcommittee Working Groups:
  • All Gender Restrooms
  • ID Badges 
  • Trainee Wellness


  • Inaugural Stanford Medicine-wide CEDIO joins the Cabinet 
  • Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity (SMADIE) becomes and official subcommittee
  • Co-Chair for Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion & Equity (SMADIE) joins the Cabinet
  • University DEI Representation (external to Stanford Medicine) joins the Cabinet
  • Executive Director of Technology and Co-Chair of LGBTQ+ Subcommittee joins the Cabinet
  • Senior Manager of Inclusion, Diversity and Health Equity for Stanford Medicine Partners joins the Cabinet
  • Stanford Healthcare Tri-Valley joins the Cabinet
  • Expert panel on Disability & DEI
  • Inaugural Director of HBCU Partnership, Engagement, and Strategy joins the Cabinet


  • Stanford Medicine’s Inaugural Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer was named Cabinet chair
  • Cabinet members co-chaired and served on the Stanford Medicine Council on Community Safety and Accountability (CCSA)
  • Cabinet members co-chaired and served on the Stanford Medicine task force on processes and procedures for the use of organizational resources
  • The Cabinet supported the development of the first Stanford Medicine-wide Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer’s strategic plan
  • In-person Diversity Cabinet Retreat
  • Inaugural Stanford Medicine-wide Senior Executive Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging joins the Cabinet

Stanford Diversity Cabinet Milestones by Year:

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Milestone Details

February 2012

First Strategic Plan

In 2012, diversity activities were a top priority for the School of Medicine and the need to coordinate activities across the School was pressing. Hannah Valantine, former Senior Associate Dean of the Office of Diversity and Leadership, and Fernando Mendoza, Associate Dean of Minority Advising and Programs, convened the first Diversity Cabinet. This inaugural Cabinet established the first comprehensive strategic plan for diversity and inclusion for the School of Medicine.

June 2015

Diversity and Societal Citizenship Task Force

July 2015

Second Strategic Plan

In 2014, the Stanford Medicine Diversity Cabinet was reconvened under the direction of Bonnie Maldonado, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, and Fernando Mendoza, Associate Dean for Minority Advising and Programs. The Cabinet's purview was to review and coordinate diversity activities across the School of Medicine continuum and to share best practices as well as lessons learned. Within this process, the Cabinet generated an updated diversity and inclusion strategic plan for Stanford Medicine.

February 2016

LGBTQ+ Task Force

The Diversity Cabinet oversaw the formation of the LGBTQ+/Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) Task Force to address issues facing SGM individuals at Stanford University School of Medicine. The task force identified ongoing activities for the LGBTQ+ community at all constituency levels and brought in leading voices from these programs.

August 2016


The Diversity Cabinet developed SCORE, a program that brings fourth-year medical students from diverse backgrounds to Stanford for a four-week residential clinical training program in one of the clinical departments at SHC or LPCH, where they are matched with mentors who share similar interests.

March 2017

Diversity Podcast Series

May 2017

Formal Charge from the Dean

October 2017

SoM-Wide SGM Needs-Assessment

In order to address the commitment to support and understand the needs for those who identify with a sexual or gender minority group (SGM or LGBTQ+) within the School of Medicine, medical students, graduate students, residents, postdoctoral trainees, fellows, faculty, and staff were invited to participate in a survey, developed by the School of Medicine Diversity Cabinet’s LGBTQ+/SGM Task Force.



The Diversity Cabinet developed the Diversity Communications Advisory Board (D-CAB) as a mechanism to bring together faculty, students, trainees, and staff to advise and inform Stanford Medicine responses and actions to current events, as well as to disseminate information in the most effective and efficient manner.

November 2017

SoM HR joins the Cabinet

A representative from the Human Resources Group at the School of Medicine joined the Diversity Cabinet to give voice to the staff population.

Trainees join the Cabinet

Trainees in leadership positions represent their respective constituency on the Diversity Cabinet to give voice to the student, postdoc, and resident populations. The four individual roles are: 1) President of Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) (Medical Students), 2) President of Biomedical Association for the Interest of Minority Students (BioAIMS) (Graduate Students), 3) Appointee of Stanford University Postdoctoral Association (SURPAS) (Postdoctoral Scholars), and 4) Appointee of Graduate Medical Education Diversity Committee (GME Diversity Committee) (Residents/Fellows).

Funds from Clinical Departments for Diverse Recruiting and GME Activities

Based on a recommendation from the Diversity Cabinet, the Council of Chairs and the Dean's Office in the School of Medicine made an agreement to provide funding to support diverse recruitment, medical student affinity groups within the Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA), and the GME Diversity Committee.

February 2018

LGBTQ+ Subcommittee

The Diversity Cabinet LGBTQ+/Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) Subcommittee met to discuss ongoing Stanford Medicine SGM efforts, such as medical education curriculum, healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community, and seminars, trainings, and workshops representing the latest research on the LGBTQ+ community. The subcommittee also spearheads new programs and events for the community, including the Stanford Medicine LGBTQ+ Forum.

March 2018

SoM Director of Culture & Inclusion hired

The School of Medicine's Director of Culture and Inclusion chairs the Diversity Cabinet and coordinates the integration of diversity and inclusion activities across all constituencies from students through faculty and implements school-wide diversity and inclusion strategy and planning.

April 2018

SHC Joins the Cabinet

Stanford Medicine Diversity Needs Report

The Diversity Cabinet prepared a report to provide guidance to the Dean around the centralization of diversity efforts across Stanford Medicine. The Diversity Cabinet identified two primary needs around diversity and inclusion activities within Stanford Medicine: (1) the integration of activities across constituent groups, and (2) a diversity and inclusion “point” person or “point” people among each constituent Stanford.

May 2018

LPCH joins the Cabinet

July 2018

Diversity Cabinet Assessment

During the 2018 spring quarter, each Diversity Cabinet member was interviewed on their individual efforts and the ongoing efforts of the team. The qualitative data gathered resulted in an assessment for future directions for the Diversity Cabinet.

August 2018

D-CORE Office Hours

The D-CORE Office Hours are an opportunity for populations across all of Stanford Medicine to speak with representatives from the Cabinet and their affiliated offices about diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in a confidential manner. In addition, Stanford University partners hold office hours to create connections between the main campus and the School of Medicine. Any Stanford Medicine community member is welcome to visit during office hours.

Inaugural Diversity Social

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity hosted the inaugural diversity social to connect individuals leading efforts to create a more inclusive culture across Stanford Medicine. The diversity socials are held on an annual basis to build community across all constituencies.

October 2018

Inaugural LGBTQ+ Forum

The LGBTQ+ Forum was spearheaded by the Diversity Cabinet's LGBTQ+/SGM Subcommittee. The LGBTQ+ Forum featured personal and professional stories from LGBTQ+ members of the Stanford Medicine community, as well as networking opportunities and opportunities for allies to show support. This inaugural event promoted the continued growth of a visible Stanford Medicine LGBTQ+ community.

Diversity Website Launch

The Stanford Medicine Diversity website provides a centralized location for the School of Medicine's diversity efforts to be publicized, shared, and acknowledged.

Cabinet is the DRIVE Initiative Development Team

Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion are Vital to Excellence (DRIVE) is a part of the Stanford Medicine Integrated Strategic Plan. The goal of DRIVE is to cultivate an environment in which diversity is present and celebrated, and all community members are respected, developed, and included. The Diversity Cabinet voted and was approved to be the DRIVE Initiative Development Team.

January 2019

SHC Diversity, Inclusion, & Health Equity Leader joins the Cabinet

February 2019

Diversity Cabinet Bylaws Approved

The Diversity Cabinet approved official bylaws to create a foundational structure for various processes and operations, including guiding principles, membership, subcommittees, task forces, and more.

June 2019

Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC) founder joins the Cabinet

The founder of the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC) joined the Diversity Cabinet to represent the disabled community at Stanford Medicine.

Cabinet members serve on IDEAL committees

The IDEAL  – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in a Learning Environment – initiative is a key component of Stanford University's long-range vision to commit to the values of diversity and inclusion. IDEAL is centered on four focus areas: recruitment, research, education and engagement. Cabinet members serve on multiple IDEAL committees to represent School of Medicine constituencies.

July 2019

Engaging Basic Science Researchers Task Force

Based on the request of basic science student and trainee Diversity Cabinet members, the Engaging Basic Science Researchers Task Force was formed in response to basic science trainee voices requesting greater basic science researcher engagement in diversity and inclusion activities. The resulting group included all constituencies represented in the basic sciences to form high-level recommendations and guidance for implementation. The Dean and Vice Dean approved the report for implementation.

Solidarity Rally

In July 2019, there was an event on campus where the intent was clearly to create fear and was an act of hate and intolerance. A gathering of the community was organized by Diversity Cabinet members and held in front of the Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center to make visible by our presence that we stand against this act and acts like these, which are hateful and intolerant.

November 2019

Expansion of Hospital Cabinet membership

December 2019

Expansion of Biosciences Cabinet membership

Cabinet representation on the Acts of Intolerance Working Group

The Acts of Intolerance protocol establishes a mechanism for addressing situations involving an act of intolerance. The Acts of Intolerance Working Group, including members of the Diversity Cabinet, is reviewing the protocol to ensure that the needs of the community are met and that the Protocol aligns with other changes in policies, best practices, and socio-cultural dynamics in higher education today.

March 2020

Cabinet increases transparency

The Diversity Cabinet regularly releases reports and additional communications related to diversity at Stanford Medicine. To increase transparency, the Diversity Cabinet made these reports publicly available. 

Cabinet adds member to represent Stanford Medicine alumni

An alumni representative is added to the Diversity Cabinet. This individual serves as a member of the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association.

April 2020

Equity & COVID-19 websites

A list of external resources related to equity and COVID-19 was curated by the Stanford Medicine Diversity Cabinet and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity Liaisons. 

May 2020

Dean selects Cabinet's book recommendation

The Diversity Cabinet recommended several books to the Dean for the incoming medical student class. One of the recommendations, Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell, was selected.

June 2020

Black Lives Matter Resources website

Diversity Cabinet members mobilized to share resources for anti-racist education, donation and activism, and self-care in support of Black Lives Matter. These resources were also curated from additional offices, organizations, and individuals as listed in the acknowledgements on the BLM Resources website.

July 2020

Black Lives Matter Collective Recommendations

Diversity Cabinet members came together to put forth a set of collective recommendations as a call to action for the Black Lives Matter movement. These recommendations apply to the School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. 

September 2020

Black Lives Matter Constituency-Specific Recommendations

Diversity Cabinet members submitted  recommendations based on their representative constituency as a call to action for the Black Lives Matter movement. These recommendations apply to the various constituencies represented by the Diversity Cabinet.